Unlike the rest of the world, the start of a new year for dancers begins when a new dance season starts in September. Most of the young dancers are back at school, but for us adults it’s when regularly scheduled classes begin again. Pedestrians may have New Year’s Resolutions, so why not make yourself some New Dance Year’s Resolutions?
#1: Stretch Daily
I’m actually horrible with stretching daily, even though my super-tense hamstring on the left side and SI joints would love it. Heck, even my tiny chihuahua can barely walk on me without twriggering a tight spot!
By stretching daily, you’ll not only be giving your muscles some much needed TLC, you’ll also be setting good habits for the future and passively working towards flexibility goals like sky-high developées and to-die-for jetes.
#2: Reflect After Each Class
For the past year and a bit I’ve been noticing that my classes have been going through a bit of a rough patch. Either I’ll have a time of many great classes back to back where everything’s working perfectly, or I’ll have a run of a few horrible classes that make me reconsider everything I’ve worked towards.
If this sounds like you, don’t beat yourself up about it. What I’m going to start doing this year (and I hope you do the same!) is to start reflecting on the good and not-so-good that happened during each class before I leave the parking lot. What worked really well that class? What could I improve on for next class?
Through keeping control of the highs and lows I hope to lessen the impact of a string of really bad classes.
#3: Connect More on Social Media
One of the things I’ve noticed from starting my Instagram last year was the number of people who are interested in what you have to say, and who are with you on your journey. Especially once I started posting more after going to the Adult Winter Intensive at the National Ballet, I’ve seen an increase in the number of people who like and comment on my posts, and I really need to take the effort to post more.
Sometimes in ballet I feel like I’m the only one who’s doing what I’m doing – an adult dancer still taking classes with teenagers and working towards exams, but really there’s a whole world of people out there like me that I could be spending more time and connecting more with.
Side note – you should totally follow me on Instagram! We can lament about pointe shoes and blisters together.
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Now of course there are tons more habits to adopt and goals to set when it comes to any new dance beginning, but if I put any more down they’d be harder to remember and I want to make sure these are things you can actually work towards! Which habit do you think you’ll try to adopt in the new dance season?